These are edamame. They are different than soybeans. Kind of.
I think we have a week or two before these are ready to harvest. Once we do, can I treat them just like the frozen kind? Pop in the microwave?
I got the seeds for these at the Bean to Blog event at the fabulous P. Allen Smith’s Moss Mountain farm in I-have-no-idea-where-I-was, Arkansas. It might have been Moss Mountain, but that also might be a mythical place. When they passed out the sproutable beans I was all, “Uh huh. Sure, you bet I’m going home to plant magic beans. Is there wine at this thing?”
But then, the kids and I played beanstalk.
I’m impressed with how many “pods”? we are getting from a few little plants, which have been incredibly low maintenance. We sprouted, put them in the ground, and forgot about them. Next year these may grow all along the fence in my backyard.
I’m a sucker for any kind of bean, and these are the most beautiful bright green inside. They will either be succotash or stir fry.
Or, I might forget to pick them.
Were you crafty in the garden this year?
Image: Lela Davidson